Glen Carlou sold

Glen Carlou in Paarl has been sold for an undisclosed sum by Hess Family Wine Estates to the Pictolus Consortium, headed by Wayne Pitout, a leading figure in the mobile data industry. Earlier in the year it was announced that Johnnie Calitz, previously of Anura, would take over from the long-serving Arco Laarman as winemaker. […]

December 21, 2016
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Zevenwacht 360⁰ Sauvignon Blanc 2014

I have a somewhat special relationship with the 360⁰ Sauvignon Blanc from Zevenwacht because during my brief stint as a taster for Platter’s I nominated the 2009 vintage for 5 Stars which was duly endorsed by my colleagues, making this the first ever wine from the Stellenbosch property to earn the guide’s ultimate accolade. Grapes […]

December 21, 2016
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Lismore Chardonnay 2014

Located on the Riviersonderend Mountains near Greyton with no immediate wine-producing neighbours, Lismore really can claim uniqueness of terroir. How does this manifest in the wines? In the case of the Chardonnay, I think it’s a particular richness and concentration of fruit. The 2014, which was matured for 11 months in older barrels of various […]

December 20, 2016
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Fun in the sun

Yesterday a long lunch with friends, wine drunk for pleasure a different experience than when attempting to arrive at an assessment of quality. To start, two examples of méthode ancestrale, Domaine Vincent Câreme Vouvray L’Ancestrale 2012 and Vondeling Rurale 2014, the former possessing a very fine bubble and extremely savoury, the latter from Chardonnay and […]

December 19, 2016
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Lourensford Reserve White Blend 2012

A lot of Sauvignon Blanc could do with some jazzing up and that’s precisely what Lourensford in Somerset West has done with its Reserve White Blend 2012. Consisting of 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Chardonnay and 2% Viognier, there was discreet use of oak during fermentation, maturation on the lees lasting seven months. The nose displays […]

December 16, 2016
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Gabriëlskloof The Blend 2015

The 2013 vintage of The Blend from Bot River property Gabriëlskloof won the trophy for the best in class at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show before winning double gold at the Six Nations Wine Challenge and the recently released 2015 again impresses. From 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot and […]

December 15, 2016
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Wine Judging Academy 2017: Applications open

Leading wine critic Michael Fridjhon will again be running his wine judging academy from Sunday 26 March to Tuesday 28 March next year at the Grande Roche hotel in Paarl. The cost for the course is R8 295.00 per person inclusive of VAT, all meals, accommodation and course materials. Applications close on 13 January 2017. […]

December 14, 2016
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Beeslaar Pinotage 2015

The Beeslaar Pinotage 2015 is the sort of wine you get when the person behind it is utterly on top of his game. This is the own label of Abrie Beeslaar, winemaker at Kanonkop, and his deftness with this sometimes tricky variety is all over this wine. A not too shabby vintage clearly also helped. […]

December 14, 2016
by Christian
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